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Nanotech aims for better, more Earth-friendly sanitary products

Did you know that the petroleum-based superabsorbent polymers used in sanitary napkins and similar products can take up to 500 years to degrade? Those polymers can also cause toxic shock syndrome, which is why their use in tampons was banned decades ago. Now, however, scientists from the Indian Institute of Technology have developed an alternative which they claim is more environmentally-friendly, safer and more effective.
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